NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 26th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Rockets (39-18) at Los Angeles Clippers (39-20), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Two of the NBA's best offenses will be on display
Wednesday night at Staples Center when the Houston Rockets visit the Los
The Clippers score 107.3 points per game to come in second, while the Rockets
are third in the NBA in offense with an average of 106.5 ppg. Both teams trail
the Portland Trail Blazers (107.7 ppg).
It's no coincidence that these two teams are also among the best in the NBA
record-wise. Houston owns the fifth-best mark, while the Clippers are sixth.
The Rockets won their second straight Tuesday night and for the third time in
four games on this current road sojourn, which ends Wednesday night in Los
Houston demolished the Sacramento Kings, 129-103.
It was the James Harden show on Tuesday night as the All-Star guard went off
for a season-high 43 points and he didn't even play a second in the fourth
Harden went on a personal 18-5 run in the final 3:45 of the first quarter and
finished with 22 points after 12 minutes to help the Rockets to a 42-17 lead.
The Arizona State product also dished out eight assists to go along with three
steals, joining Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only Rockets in the
last 25 years with 40 points, eight assists, and three steals in a game.
"I was feeling good," said Harden. "Shots were falling, you get to the line,
just playing my game, playing my game at a high level."
Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Terrence Jones
and Chandler Parsons had 11 and 10 points, respectively, in Houston's 10th win
in its last 11 games.
The Clippers also have a two-game winning streak heading into Wednesday's
contest. They knocked off the vaunted Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, then
took out the New Orleans Pelicans by 13 on Monday. Both wins were on the road.
Jamal Crawford shot 7-of-12 from behind the arc and logged 24 points, Blake
Griffin chipped in 22 points and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan each posted
gaudy double-doubles in the triumph.
The Clippers made 16 3-pointers and had 34 assists on 43 made baskets.
"When you play that unselfish with that many good players, a lot of good
things are going to happen," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.
Earlier on Monday, the Clippers signed Glen Davis, recently bought out by the
Orlando Magic. He will provide valuable bench depth, although he's listed as
questionable on Wednesday with a strained right Achilles.
The Clippers have won both of this season's meetings with the Rockets, with
one in L.A. and the other in Houston. The Rockets have dropped five straight
as the visitor in this series.
02/26 10:31:32 ET